Actor and stand-up comedian D.L. Hughley, who appears Saturday at Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, sums up his recent "Dancing With the Stars" experience like this: "I danced and now I know why I never danced before."
He and partner Cheryl Burke were eliminated at the end of the fifth week and it was no real surprise to the audience or to Hughley, who said later on the Style Network's "The Dish" that the experience "was like moving from learning to dance to 'Hunger Games' in tights.
"It was grueling. I had some fun, but it was so technical and demanding," he recently said to The Bee. "My partner was great, but she can only do so much with a horrible partner. I hated the judges, but all of the other contestants were wonderful. You work eight hours a day for one dance and the first minute I was like 'Wait a minute! What am I doing?' "
Since his exit from "DWTS" in April, Hughley who has starred in his own sitcom ("The Hughleys") and was one of the four featured comedians in the Spike Lee's "The Original Kings of Comedy" concert film has had time to reflect on reality competition.
"Ultimately, you know, it's not a dance show," he said. "It's a show about dancing and it took up so much time that one of the problems was that I was not aware of what was going on. That was the first time I didn't know what was happening in the world. I really like knowing what's going on."
Hughley often demonstrates his knowledge of current events on Bill Maher's HBO show "Real Time," which Hughley enjoys because "the stakes are high."
"I love the attitude and perspective of that show. Often, everybody on the panel fights to be the one talking and be the one who is right. I just go on to be honest. Most of the others have an agenda."
The "Dancing With the Stars" segment that eliminated Hughley aired soon after the Boston Marathon bombings, an event Hughley said exposed some strange and contradictory impulses in certain Americans.
"It's funny how we look at things," he explained. "Somebody kills people and some of us are willing to change the Constitution. Plus, others are saying we should stop immigration from Chechnya.
"It's pretty hypocritical or at least ignorant because that's where a lot of immigrants came from originally. Check out the Caucuses Valley and the origin of the word 'Caucasian.'
"Finally, though, one last thought on that," he said. "Here we were going through all this intelligence work and the last bomber was caught because somebody saw some blood on a boat. It proves one thing: We all need nosy neighbors."
That mix of humor and social commentary has become Hughley's sweet spot. His 2012 satirical documentary "The Endangered List" for Comedy Central about his efforts to add "the black man" to the official endangered species list won him a Peabody Award.
Despite his onscreen successes, Hughley said he's been looking forward to taking his brand of provocative and observational humor back out on the road and putting it in front of live audiences, something he still considers to be his life calling.
"From the minute I first walked onstage and picked up a microphone, I knew that was what I was meant to do," he said.
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